entice

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From Old French enticier < Vulgar Latin *intitiāre < Latin titiō.

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entice (third-person singular simple present entices, present participle enticing, simple past and past participle enticed)

  1. (transitive) To lure; to attract by arousing desire or hope.
    • 2012 March 1, Brian Hayes, “Pixels or Perish”, American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 106: 
      Blackboard sketches, geological maps, diagrams of molecular structure, astronomical photographs, MRI images, the many varieties of statistical charts and graphs: These pictorial devices are indispensable tools for presenting evidence, for explaining a theory, for telling a story. And, on top of all that, they are ornaments; they entice and intrigue and sometimes delight.
    I enticed the little bear into the trap with a pot of honey.

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